Today is a good day to wish a very happy Maize and Blue birthday to Terrance R. Robinson. Terrance Rynard Robinson was born on this day in Texas. He came to Ann Arbor from Klein Oak High School in Spring, Texas. He was a highly recruited all-purpose running back in high school and came to play football for Rich Rodriguez in 2008.
(Note – Terrance R. Robinson is shown above with the 2011 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the third row – third man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
According to the Michigan Media Website, Terrance R. Robinson did not see action as a freshman in 2008. Instead, Rich Rodriguez decided to “save” him for later and he was redshirted for the season.
Terrance R. Robinson played slot receiver in 2009 and also did a good job on special teams. He played well enough, and often enough, to earn his first varsity letter. He had one pass reception for thirteen yards and also returned one punt eleven yards. So, 2009 was not a great year for the second-year player from Texas. Unfortunately, it wasn’t that good of a year for the Wolverines either. Year two of the Rich Rodriguez Era produced a record of 5 wins and 7 losses. Unfortunately, Michigan was terrible in the Big Ten with a record of 1 win and 7 losses and a tenth-place finish in the conference. Ugh!
Robinson returned in 2010 with the goals of playing more and helping Michigan win more football games! The good news was that Terrence made three starts (2 at a kick returner and 1 as a slot receiver) and appeared in nine games. He caught one pass for 43-yards against UCONN and also returned two kicks offs for 27-yards. The bad news was that Michigan finished with a final record of 7 wins and 6 losses. However, it wasn’t good enough for Coach Rodriguez to keep his job. So, Terrrence would be playing for a new coach in 2011.
Brady Hoke was a breath of fresh air for Michigan, but not so much for Terrance R. Robinson. Terrance was suspended for the season opener in 2011 for violating team rules. However, he still managed to appear in 12 games during the season. He played mostly on special teams and made six tackles. Terrance also got on the field for some spot duty as a reserve wide receiver. The good news was that Robinson earned his third varsity letter and became a Sugar Bowl Champion in the 2012 victory over Virginia Tech.
Michigan won almost as many games in one season (11) as they had in the previous three (15)! The Wolverines finished the season with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses and ended the Big Ten season with 6 wins and 2 losses.
So, the 2011 Michigan football season was a success, but the same could not be said for Terrance R. Robinson. Although he had one year of eligibility remaining, Terrance Robinson never played another down for Michigan. His career definitely had some “ups” and “downs.” Unfortunately, things don’t always work out.
Today is a good day to wish a very Happy Birthday to Terrance R. Robinson. I hope he is doing well. Go Blue!
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